“The person really doesn’t have to be a card-carrying Republican but needs to be willing to sign an affidavit saying they are Republican,” Philips wrote.
Artman read the message aloud during the public comment period at the County Council meeting on Tuesday, accusing Page of not following “rules.”
“Republicans, when they were removed, they’re supposed to be replaced by Republicans,” she said.
The screenshot of the message included a phone number for Philips but did not show to whom the message was sent.
It was sent to Andrew Jones of St. Louis, a two-time Republican candidate for mayor in the overwhelmingly Democratic city. Jones this month announced he planned to seek election in the Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, which is currently represented by Democrat Cori Bush.
Philips said Artman and other Republicans knowingly omitted Jones from screenshot.
“I’m asking a Republican to find a Republican,” Philips said. “What’s shady about that?”
Philips said he knew Jones from Omega Psi Phi, an African American fraternity. The full message, which he provided to the Post-Dispatch, was sent Nov. 4, after the two spoke at a recent birthday party for a mutual friend: “Andrew, this is Lionel Philips, the Fraternity brother who spoke to you this past Saturday …”
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